In this post, Eric Chabot asks “why do people completely misunderstand the word ‘faith’?” This is a great question, and Eric makes some helpful observations.
Chabot observes that popular culture (and I might add, much of Christian culture) often goes wrong by misunderstanding faith to be one of the following:
- Believing in the face of contradictory evidence
- Believing without really knowing
- Belief that effectuates reality
I share Chabot’s frustration with the misunderstanding of faith. Too often I have seen sincere Christians turn to the mystical or the absurd in the name of faith. Due to this misunderstanding, skeptics feel that Christians believe in the equivalent of fairy tales. Don’t let this pass. We need to understand what faith is and what it is not. Ours is a very reasonable faith, and it is our mission to demonstrate this fact to a doubting world.
I encourage you to read all of Eric’s post at the Ratio Christi blog, and post your thoughts below.